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Motorcyclists arrested for driving at double the speed limit

Police Scotland. Credit: PA

Police Scotland have stopped three motorcyclists in Dumfries and Galloway who were driving at around 130mph on a 60mph road.

The men, from the Sheffield area, were stopped on the A75 near to Gatehouse of Fleet on Saturday 9 May.

The 36-year-old, 42-year-old and 46-year-old will all be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for road traffic offences.

The men were stopped as part of Operation Zenith, which is focused on improving rider behaviour:

These are ridiculous speeds on a public road and officers will be continue to patrol all our roads in the region to promote safe and responsible motorcycling as part of Operation Zenith.

In the run up this week to the North West 200 motorcycle event in Northern Ireland our roads will become much busier with motorcycle traffic and officers will be out on patrol to ensure that those passing through are adhering to the laws of the road."

– Inspector Neil Hewitson of the Roads Policing Unit

Motorcyclists freshen up road safety skills

A safety awareness training day has been held in Galashiels for motorcyclists looking to brush up on their skills.

Recent figures show that although bikers only make up 1% of traffic users across the Borders, a huge 20% of fatal or serious accidents involve motorcyclists.

Lori Carnochan has been to find out more:

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One in four road fatalities involve bikers

Bikers attend special safety training open day Credit: ITV News Border

Bikers from across the Borders have been attending a special road safety open day in Galashiels.

Although people on motorbikes only account for 1% of road users across the Borders, 20% of fatal or serious accidents involve a biker.

Motorcyclists were partnered up with instructors who assessed their riding skills, before going over some basic techniques. The bikers were taken on a 30 minute ride around Selkirk, before returning to Galashiels for their debrief.

However, the day wasn't just for people who have recently passed their test. Many of the attendees were experienced bikers, looking to refresh their skills.

"I've just bought another bike, and as much as i've been riding other bikes in the past, i can always learn. And this is an opportunity to learn properly."

– Allan Pattie, Motorcyclist

Borders bikers safety open day

Motorcyclists from across the Scottish Borders are being encouraged to take part in a new safety initiative.

The Borders bikers open day is giving riders the chance to brush up on their road safety skills before the official biking season gets underway.

The Skill for Life course will provide expert advice on motorcycling techniques, including a 30 minute rider assessment.

There will also be an offer of 20 free places on the Institute of Advanced Motorists training course for local riders.

The open day is being held at Galashiels Fire Station between 10am and 3pm.

"Any initiative that has the potential to reduce the number of tragedies on our roads involving motorcyclists and helps to save lives is worth promoting."

– Councillor Donald Moffat, Scottish Borders Council

Police appeal for witnesses after fatal road accident

Cumbria Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist died following a collision with a police van.

The accident happened on the A590 between Melton and Lindal at about 10.30 on Friday night.

Scott Gibson, 23, from Barrow in Furness died at the scene.

On behalf of Cumbria Police I would like to extend our sympathies to the family and friends of Scott Daniel Gibson, who tragically died last night, all our thoughts are with those who knew him.

– Chief Inspector David Bosson, Cumbria Police

Borders bike crash victim named

The motorcyclist who died in a collision near Selkirk on Sunday (14th July) has been named as John Southern, from Blyth, Northumberland.

The 60-year-old was riding his Triumph Tiger when he was involved in a collision with a Seat Leon car on the A699 Selkirk to St Boswells Road, near to Lindean, at around 4.30pm.

Mr Southern was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by air ambulance but later died.

The three people in the Seat Leon were taken to Borders General Hospital for treatment to minor injuries.

"Mr Southern was travelling in a large group of motorbikes on the A699 Selkirk to St Boswells Road when the collision happened.

"An investigation is underway in order to establish the circumstances, and we are appealing to any witnesses to contact Police Scotland on 101."

– Spokesperson, Police Scotland

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Family pay tribute to bike crash victim

Michael Bates Credit: Cumbria Police

The family of a 47-year-old man who was killed in a motorbike accident on Sunday (14th July) have paid tribute to him.

Michael Bates, from Kelso, was involved in a collision with another motorcycle and a tractor, on the A683 outside of the Fat Lamb hotel in Ravenstonedale, Cumbria.

Mr Bates was taken to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesborough by air ambulance, but died of his injuries.

The family of Michael Bates said:

"It is with great sadness that Michael has so tragically been taken from us.

"A keen motorcyclist for several years with a zest for life. Michael who loved both home and work life will be sorely missed by his wife Jacqueline, sons Tom and Mick and daughters Jo and Sophie.

A 45-year-old man was also treated for minor injuries and was taken to Berwick Hospital.

The 20-year-old driver of the tractor did not require hospital treatment.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to PC 895 Andy Ivison or Sergeant 1204 Jo Walker of the Northern roads policing unit.

Biker critical after A72 crash

A motorcyclist is seriously ill in hospital after a crash on the A72 near Peebles.

The accident happened yesterday at around 1pm between Peebles and Blyth Bridge.

The 52 year old biker was airlifted to hospital in Edinburgh where he's in a critical condition.

No other vehicle is thought to be involved.

Scottish Borders police are appealing for witnesses to the accident.

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